NEW ORLEANS (February 6, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo sophomore Thomas Staines (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was honored as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Runner of the Week Tuesday in an announcement from the organization.
He was also recognized as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office today.
Running at a Division I meet, Staines ran a Division I time in the 800m run, as he has the fifth fastest time in all college track with his mark at the CU Invitational in Boulder, Colorado Saturday. Staines posted a time of 1:47.82 to clear the NCAA Division II automatic mark by two seconds and establish the new top time in the division and rank as the fifth best time in all divisions of college this season.
The mark is not only a school record, but the third fastest time recorded in Division II all-time.
The converted time of 1:47.12 ranks as the second fastest time in college. He won the race by nearly three seconds.
Staines is the second member of the men's program to earn a national weekly award under Pack Head Coach Matt Morris, as Derrick Williams (Sr., Columbia Falls, Mont.) was honored as the USTFCCCA National Cross Country Runner of the Week Sept. 14, 2015.
The sophomore is the second member of the Pack to gather the RMAC track award this season, as Williams was selected last week.
The ThunderWolves will split the squad Feb. 9-10 at the Adams State NCAA Qualifier in Alamosa, Colo. and GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Michigan.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.